The 17th annual Royal Rumble match, with the winner receiving a shot at the WWE Title or the World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania XX. Also, WWE Title: Brock Lesnar vs. Hardcore Holly, ... See full summary »
No Mercy 2008 was a pretty decent show for WWE, it was a pretty good card for the modern day WWE era that were in now. The main events were worth their price and the other matches were definitely worth watching at least once.
Match 1: Matt Hardy defends the ECW Championship against Mark Henry - Mark Henry dominated ECW as their Champion during the entire summer of 2008 and as soon as September rolled around he lost it to Matt Hardy in ECW's Championship Scramble at Unforgiven. This was a little better of a performance than usual from Mark Henry. With Hardy's showman like persona he really carried a decent match out of Henry. In the end Hardy hits the twist of fate to retain his title.
Match 2: Beth Phoenix defends the Women's Championship against Candice Michelle - At this same event in 2007 we saw Beth Phoenix take the gold for the first time against her challenger in this match. Well what can I say about this one. It was a pretty weak match. Beth Phoenix is one of the better women wrestlers in WWE at the moment so she basically dominated and in the end retained her belt.
Match 3: Rey Mysterio vs. Kane - The stipulation stated that if Mysterio lost he had to remove his mask forever. Well we all knew that wasn't going to happen. Anyway this match was actually very decent. Kane hasn't really been getting a lot of pay per view time since being drafted to Raw in the summer. Mysterio and Kane didn't tear down the place, but they kept the match at a steady pace. In the end Mysterio dives outside the ring, but Kane nails him with a steel chair. Mysterio gets the win by disqualification. He doesn't have to remove his mask.
Match 4: Batista vs. JBL - The winner of this match gets a World Heavyweight Championship match against either Jericho or Michaels. Batista basically dominates. This was a very lousy match. They only went for 5 minutes and JBL looked like he didn't even know what to do with this one. Batista throws him around inside and outside of the ring then brings him back in for a Batista bomb to pick up the victory and earn yet another championship opportunity.
Match 5: Big Show vs. Undertaker - Considering that the Undertaker was robbed of the World Championship back in early May he really hasn't gotten a return match at the WWE Championship now that it is on SmackDown. Nevertheless Undertaker has been in sporadic feuds on SmackDown and has had various Pay Per View matches throughout 2008. With the absence of Edge, Vickie Guerrero really needed a handyman to take care of the Undertaker so Big Show attacked him at Unforgiven. Anyway you would think that Undertaker would win this one, but surprisingly the match doesn't even earn a pin or submission finish. Big Show plants a huge right hand into the back of Taker's head for the knockout win. This isn't boxing.
Match 6: Triple H puts the WWE Championship on the line against Jeff Hardy - So Jeff Hardy at the moment is who the fans want to see as WWE Champion on SmackDown. The guy has come so close this year and we all want to see him win the big one. Jeff earned this opportunity by beating The Brian Kendrick, Shelton Benjamin and MVP in a Four Way match on SmackDown. Triple H keeps telling him that he won't grasp the brass ring like he normally does. So Triple H does a good job of defending his title, he covers Jeff's weaknesses and counters his signature moves. On the other hand Jeff does the same he blocks pedigrees and spine busters enabling the game from retaining. In the end Jeff hits a Swanton and when he just has the three count Triple H flips him over for the win. Excellent main event for SmackDown. Triple H is still WWE Champion.
Match 7: Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels in a Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship - This Michaels/Jericho rivalry has went on since the mid summer of 2008 and has been one of the hottest feuds on Raw. They took it to the max both at The Great American Bash and Unforgiven this year, so you might think how could they top their selves. Well in this ladder match you see innovative maneuvers from the great Shawn Michaels as if he was just 20 years old again. The match was very dramatic with both in a tug-a-war for the title in the end. Jericho snatches the belt down for the win. 10/10 main event.
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